I’m excited to release my newest free pattern for Booper the Cat and her pet guinea pig, Potato! Since releasing the pattern and tutorial for Quigley the Corgi, I’ve received a few requests for a cat sewing pattern as well as patterns for other common pets. It generally takes a few weeks, if not months, for me to make a single pattern. So instead of starting from scratch, I decided to modify the corgi pattern to release a cat pattern quickly. If you’ve already sewn Quigley the Corgi, you’ll be able to breeze through this tutorial! I’ve also made bonus patterns and kits for a tiny Booper the Cat, a full-size Potato the Guinea Pig, and a tiny Quigley the Corgi!
To make Booper the Cat and Potato the Guinea Pig, you’ll need:
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If you use natural fleece, I recommend a 90/14 ball point needle. If you decide to go with organic cotton thread, I recommend making your final stitch a stretch stitch (baste first when sewing curves as a stretch stitch is fairly permanent).
I’ve made two versions of the patterns for Booper the Cat, Potato the Guinea Pig, and Quigley the Corgi, so you can make a big or tiny version, or both!
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Don’t like sewing curves? Not a problem. Make a solid colored cat by tracing the back piece twice instead of the belly and front side pieces, then transfer the facial markings to one of the back pieces.
Make sure you have your eye and nose positions marked on the right side of the fabric. At this point, you can make the eyes and nose, or you can wait until after stuffing. I like to wait until then end so I can needle sculpt the eyes.
There are a number of options for the eyes and nose:
You can use any color you like for the whiskers. I actually prefer the look of white thread, but I had to make the whiskers black to be visible in the photos and video. There are a number of ways to attach whiskers, but this is the method that works best for me:
The tiny versions can be sewn entirely by hand, or they can be sewn using a combination of machine-stitching and hand-stitching. The small versions are made using the same instructions as the large versions with a few exceptions:
If you’d like to attach a tiny animal or heart to Booper the Cat’s paws, you can use a ladder stitch or another stitch you are comfortable with. If you have a 5″ doll needle, you may find it helpful to run a thread through the guinea pig that attaches to both paws before doing a ladder stitch. To do this, secure a knot inside one of the cats paws, insert the needle into one side of the guinea pig and bring it out the other, grab about 1/4″ of fabric on the cat’s other paw, pull the tread tight, and secure a knot. Then you can ladder stitch around the knots made on the paws if desired.
Anna Murfin tested my patterns with some upcycled sweaters! I love the texture the sweaters gave her animals, and I want to steal her guinea pig!
Veronica Stienburg made these little guys with polyester fleece! Is that bright orange guinea pig not adorable?!
I’d love to see what you make! Share your photos in my Fluffmonger Patterns group on Facebook!
If you’d like to try sewing any of the patterns in this tutorial with organic fabric, I have fabric kits available with just the right amount of hand-dyed organic fabric to complete the project. I also have deluxe kits that include fabric, thread, and tools.
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If you modify the pattern or use certain pieces to create another pattern, still credit Fluffmonger, as these are considered derivative works.
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